Enhancing the lives of people with intellectual disabilities by providing opportunities for one-to-one friendships and integral employment.
Best Buddies ambitiously envisions a world where people with intellectual disabilities are so successfully integrated into our schools, our workplaces and our general communities that our current efforts and services will be unnecessary.
Students, as college buddies, can establish one-on-one friendships with special needs adults at Paxton Ministries in Harrisburg. All of the college buddies and Paxton buddies will meet once a month for a group activity/event (in the past we've had a pizza parties, dinner and movie nights, campfires, game nights, arts and crafts night and holiday parties. Also, one other activity between individual buddy pairs is encouraged each month, as is weekly correspondence between the buddy pairs.
True friendship is something that everyone wants and needs in their lives, and people with intellectual disabilities have historically been isolated from social opportunities that shape productive lives. But everyone has amazing gifts to give! Founded in 1989, Best Buddies is a vibrant, international organization that has grown from one original chapter to more than 1,000 middle school, high school, and college campuses across the country and internationally. Even though Best Buddies has advanced tremendously in its short existence, many areas of the country and many regions of the world still lack programs to help people with intelectual disabilities become part of mainstream society. Best Buddies' goal is to continue expanding nationwide and at the local community level, while more broadly engaging the global community within our programs.